Bennelong (1764?-1813) was one of the most significant Aboriginal figures in the history of Australia post-white settlement. As a senior member of the Wangal tribe, he was one of a number of Aboriginal men captured by Governor Arthur Phillip as part of his plan to better understand local Aboriginal dialects and customs. Quick to adapt to the English way of life, Bennelong soon assumed an English way of dress and language. He took an active role in teaching the white settlers Aboriginal customs and language and as a trusted servant of Governor Phillip, his part as an intermediary between the English and Aboriginal people was crucial. Sydney's Bennelong Point was the site where he asked Governor Phillip for a hut to be built for him. The historic site is now home to the iconic Opera House. The adjacent point was recently named in honour of his wife Barangaroo. In 1792 he sailed with Governor Phillip to England to be presented to King George III. After a long delay, he returned home on a ship with Governor Hunter but arrived in poor health and a broken spirit. Disenchanted with European colonisation and alienated from his own people, he was constantly intoxicated and in tribal battles. Bennelong died alone at Kissing Point in 1813, which was later named Bennelong Park.